Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiralling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The narrator of these interlinked stories is a young, unnamed man, reeling from his addiction to heroin and alcohol, his mind at once clouded ...Read MoreJesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiralling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The narrator of these interlinked stories is a young, unnamed man, reeling from his addiction to heroin and alcohol, his mind at once clouded and made brilliantly lucid by these drugs. In the course of his adventures, he meets an assortment of people, who seem as alienated and confused as he; sinners, misfits, the lost, the damned, the desperate and the forgotten. Our of their bleak, seemingly random lives, Denis Johnson creates modern-day parables of a harsh and devastating beauty.Read Less
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Johnson takes his main character through a series of events that do not serve to produce a character arch but rather just snapshots without continuity. He is demoralizing, degrading, and depressing - without redemption! The point is not that there is hope, or that there is no hope, rather there is no point. The reader follows the character through his drug induced stupor, with the character doing the sorts of things that druggies do and think is clever, but it is not. This book is a celebration of the lowest common denominator, without direction.
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